Black British Soldiers

Discussion in 'General' started by gunbunnyB/3/75FA, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. redtop

    redtop Well-Known Member

    Hi Kate
    Just come across a very brief mention of Ashun .
    From 5 RHA war diaries 24 May 1945 .
    Location .Sokels (I think) Germany ,
    This is after the German Surrender.

    Dvr (Driver ) Ashun to hospital.
    .

    He is the only Ashun I have come across in 5 RHA so it looks like he was demoted from Sergeant to Driver at some time.
     
  2. Sheldrake

    Sheldrake Gunner Tours

    I wondered about that.

    Talking to a group of ex paras working in the personal security business, I met a 3 Para Falklands veteran whose nickname was N******. "We could call him that, but if anyone one else did, it would start a fight"
     
  3. Sheldrake

    Sheldrake Gunner Tours

    On the 60th anniversary of D Day one artillery veteran - an officer in 86th RA was quoted by the Independent as saying that bone of their first casualties after landing was a Jamaican called King.

    The is also Japanese Briton called Suzuki buried in Bannerville CWC. KIA in the County of London Yeomanry.
    Roy Suzuki and the British Nisei | The Observation Post
     
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  4. rememberthem

    rememberthem ex member

    Havent time to read whole thread and havent time to hunt out book or name of chap but I recall reading of a POW who was black and I think 6' 6" or 6' 7" and who dryly observed that he wouldnt be trying to escape and walk through small rural German villages in the area unnoticed but was happy to work with and help other pows who wanted to try to escape
     
  5. rememberthem

    rememberthem ex member

    Still havent had a chance to read whole thread or even first page but if I dont reply now I may not remember to do so later and I havent time to check if already mentioned...

    Not a soldier but E R BRAITHWAITE author of TO SIR WITH LOVE was a black officer and fighter pilot and if you google him you will get a lot of info/links about black fliers and I think there was a black Jamaican pilot in the Battle of Britain I think he died later in the war and if we want to wander down the shallow showbiz city alleyway Benedict Cumberbatch has antecedents that had black slaves in the Caribbean ? maybe Jamaica? Can't recall now and fathered a number of children from women slaves and I know there is at least one black Cumberbatch pilot and possibly some air crew - if not Cumberbatch in name, certainly related to, in photos easily found on internet
     
  6. rememberthem

    rememberthem ex member

    Also have some info on Australian aboriginals in war but will have to do it later so I can refer to details etc and not make vague remarks
     
  7. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

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  8. Old Git

    Old Git Harmless Curmudgeon

    Not quite WWII, but Henry the 8th had Black Trumpeters in his household, none of whom were slaves because slavery has been illegal in Britain since the time of William the Conqueror. A fact re-established by the legal caser of Somerset vs Stuart 1770 (the real reason for the American War of Independence btw).
     

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